These Fake Plants Might Be Better Than the Real Thing

Artificial plants are getting more and more life-like.

image

We all yearn for a home with southern exposure. We'll even pay extra knowing that our precious house plants and floral bouquets will get enough sun to thrive. My wife, Kate, and I love our apartment, but its windows face north, so any attempt to promote photosynthesis on our windowsill, like a skunk crossing I-95, ends in sorrow. This is why we keep a few stylish, hyper-realistic artificial plants around the house. Who needs to keep a real fern alive when Pottery Barn sells a simulacrum that will never require anything of you? Fake plants really can be as good as the real thing. Yes, you should always surround yourself with the best things, but when you must settle, make sure it's at least the next best thing.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
1 Artificial Foliage Floor Grass in Pot
Beachcrest Home wayfair.com
$15.99

Cher's 1986 Bob Mackie headdress in faux-plant form.

2 Potted 39
cb2.com
$79.99

Thorns without the bloody fingertips.

3 Faux Potted Dracaena Plant
potterybarn.com
$65.50

The faux-realest of them all.

4 Garden Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
John-Richard Collection neimanmarcus.com
$1,368.75

It's pricey, which the best things in life tend to be.

5 Cedar Spiral Tree with Ball in Green Pot
Astoria Grand wayfair.com
$206.99

If it's a question of drinks table or spiral faux-tree...I choose spiral faux-tree every time.  

6 Artificial Succulents in a Pot
crateandbarrel.com
$49.95

No one knows how to care for real succulents—nor should they. Better then to invest in a fake. No one will ever tell the difference.

7 Potted Artificial Jade Plant
crateandbarrel.com
$49.95

The price is right, though I'd definitely have to repot it. Beton brut doesn't go with my apartment's aesthetic.

8 Double Boxwood Topiary in Planter
Darby Home Co wayfair.com
$82.99

I'd buy two of these to flank the bathroom door. 

9 Real Touch Lemon Foliage Tree in Pot
Darby Home Co wayfair.com
$72.99

With this faux lemon tree, it's compulsory to wash the wooden console with lemon-scented Pledge for peak verisimilitude.

10 5' Faux Fiddle Leaf Tree in Starter Pot
Valerie Parr Hill qvc.com
$58.50

The most beautiful faux plant of them all.

•••

For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter.

SUBSCRIBE HERE

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
More From Home